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Kayhan Kalhor and Maria Pomianowska

Musical meeting of two legendary masters of knee fiddles from Iran and Poland: 

Kayhan Kalhor and Maria Pomianowska. The virtuosos  present the sound of two reconstructed Polish instruments: suka bilgorajska and fidel plocka paired with the sound of the Iranian kemanche. The musicians  play their own program, with pieces showing inspirations based on sources not only from Iran and Poland, but from all over the world. The project crosses the borders of different cultures and musical genres. An interesting fact about the musical career of the masters is that they have both graduated in cello and both had the honor of playing with the world's most known cellist, Yo-Yo Ma. 

 The project also includes the marvelous master of the Persian santoor, Ali Bahrami and Pomianowska's  talented student, Aleksandra Kauf, who also plays the knee fiddles.

film made by Remigiusz Zarzycki

Reborn Voice of suka

Among the music groups, which use ethnic inspiration, Reborn is a very special formation.  Four women belonging to 2 generations, using for playing only reconstructed forgotten Polish knee position fiddles.  This is the only exiting band using such instruments in different sizes. Therefore the concerts of the Reborn, give a unique opportunity of listening to the sound of the past tradition, not to be heard anywhere else. Unusual is fact that band was created only 1 year ago but their CD "Voice of suka" immediately found itself on prestigious British list :Top of the World typed by Songlines ( April 2017)

Unquestionable leader of the band is Maria Pomianowska- who as a first person who 20 years ago reconstructed technique of playing 3 forgotten Polish instruments: Bilgoray suka, Plock fiddle and Mielec suka. The basic instrument of the Polish folk music is a violin. Since modern violin is a relatively new element in the folk music, Reborn  decided to revive the distinct past time tradition, namely instruments played using a so-called fingernail technique, including a 16thC. Plock fiddle, Bilgoray suka and Mielec suka  which survived until the end of the 19thC. The 6-string fiddle from Płock was excavated in 1985. The 4-string sukas have been reconstructed on the base of iconographic sources, since no specimen of the instruments had survived until the modern days. The exemplars used by Reborn, are the first correct reconstructions ofthose instruments, the form of which shows some features of transition from old folk instruments to classical violin. Contemporary reconstruction was possible, thanks to the long and profound experiences of the leader of the band with instruments from South Europe and Asia. In Reborn band, we can also hear Aleksandra Kauf. She studied cello at the Krakow Academy of Music from 2009 to 2012. Currently studying knee-supported fiddle under Maria Pomianowska. Participates in numerous international projects, including the Baltic Culture Wave, which includes artists from Denmark, Lithuania, Germany, Poland and Sweden. In 2013, she was a member of the "Poland-China" project, which was presented in several Polish cities. In 2015 and 2016, she co-authored the Poland-India project, which has been presented several times in both India and Poland and Polish-Chinese project performed in China. Third girl playing in Reborn is Iwona Rapacz. Similar like Maria Pomianowska and Aleksandra Kauf she studied cello. They are friends with the leader of the band since 20 years playing together in hundreds of different projects in Europe and Asia. Iwona worked with the Polish Radio Orchestra, as well as the Polish Chamber Philharmonic. The last girl in this female band is Patrycja Napierała. For nearly two decades, she has worked with groups associated with the World, Pop, classical, contemporary,popular and illustrative music stages. 

Kennedy Center Washington -concert August 2017



Reborn-Voice-Suka/B01LW8392H                                                                          DIGITAL http://bandcamp.for-tune.pl/album/the-voice-of-suka 




1. Voice of suka ?Odrodzona

2. Chopin na ludowo

3. Program solowy

4. Lutosłowianie

5. Chopin na 5 kontynentach

6.Polska muzyka ludowa i folkowa

7. Dwugłowy smok

8. Zapomniany dźwięk-muzyka zapomnianej kompozytorki Tekli Badarzewskiej

9. Warszawa-Dakar-Polska+Senegal

10. Jedwabny Szlak-Z Japonii do Polski

11. Muzyka Indii

 12. Międzykulturowo